The U.S. government is offering help to Ukrainian citizens and their families during this tough time. If you’re from Ukraine and living in the U.S., you might need to apply again to stay longer. This process is called re-parole. We know it sounds complicated, but this blog post will help you understand how to do it step by step. We want to make sure you and your family can stay safe and continue living in the U.S. without too much trouble.

Overview of Re-Parole

Re-parole is a special permission that the U.S. government gives to people from other countries, allowing them to live in the U.S. for a certain amount of time. For Ukrainian citizens and their families affected by the war back home, this permission is very important. Recently, the government announced that Ukrainians who already have this permission can apply for it again. This means they can stay in the U.S. longer, which is great news.

Firstly, re-parole is not permanent. It’s a temporary solution, but it gives you and your family a chance to stay safely in the U.S. during difficult times. Secondly, this opportunity is specifically for Ukrainians facing hard situations because of the situation in Ukraine.

To get this permission again, there are certain rules you need to follow. You must be a Ukrainian citizen or a close family member of one. Also, your current permission must be close to its end date. This process is here to help you extend your stay without going back to a dangerous situation.

Eligibility Criteria

To expand on the eligibility criteria for re-parole, it’s important to note who specifically can apply for an extension. Eligible individuals include:

  • Citizens of Ukraine and their immediate relatives who were granted parole in the United States on or after February 11, 2022. This is a key date. If you or your family received parole before this date, you would not qualify for this re-parole process.
  • The term “immediate relatives” extends beyond just Ukrainian citizens. It includes the spouse and children under 21 years of age, even if they are not citizens of Ukraine. This broad definition ensures that families can stay together without the worry of separation due to varying nationalities.
  • Applicants must have fulfilled all the conditions for receiving U4U previously. This means that you complied with the requirements set out when you first received your parole. It’s a way of ensuring that those who follow the rules and regulations can continue to benefit from the U.S. government’s protection.
  • Lastly, you must be physically located in the USA at the time of applying for the re-parole. This criterion ensures that the process is available to those who are already in the U.S. and need to extend their stay to avoid returning to unsafe conditions in Ukraine.

Understanding these specific criteria is crucial for successfully applying for re-parole. It’s not just about being a Ukrainian citizen or a family member of one. It’s also about meeting the set conditions and being in the right place at the right time.

For comprehensive information and to start your application, always refer to the official USCIS website or seek guidance from an immigration lawyer. This will help ensure that you have the most current and detailed advice tailored to your situation.

Application Process

When you’re ready to apply for re-parole, following the right steps and preparing the necessary documents is crucial. Here’s how to proceed with the application process, ensuring you cover all bases for a successful submission:

First, gather and complete Form I-131, the application for travel documents. This form is the cornerstone of your re-parole application, so fill it out accurately.

Next, confirm and include the payment for the state duty. It’s essential to check the current amount required for submission, as fees may change. Notably, from April 1, 2024, there will be adjustments to these fees. For the latest updates, keep an eye on relevant posts, such as the one found here.

You’ll also need to provide evidence of compliance with the U4U program’s conditions. This evidence should be part of your USCIS personal account and include:

  • Confirmation of necessary vaccinations or a documented exemption.
  • Evidence of a medical examination for tuberculosis, specifically an interferon-gamma release test (IGRA), conducted within the last 90 days.

Alongside these documents, the application must include:

  • Form I-94, which shows your arrival/departure record.
  • A copy of your EAD (Employment Authorization Document), also known as the work permit.
  • A copy of your driver’s license, front and back.
  • A copy of your passport with an English translation, including all clearances and stamps that mark your entry into the United States.

Ensuring you have these documents ready and accurately filled out is the first step toward a smooth re-parole application process. Remember, each document plays a vital role in verifying your identity, compliance with health and safety standards, and eligibility for re-parole. By carefully preparing your application package, you’re setting the stage for a successful continuation of your stay in the U.S.

Key Updates on Re-Parole Application

Starting February 27, 2024, Ukrainian citizens eligible for re-parole, also known as password extension, can begin their application process. This process is accessible by mail and online, offering flexibility in how you submit your application.

It’s crucial to submit your documents 60 days before your current parole expires. This timeframe is recommended to ensure your application is processed without affecting your status in the U.S.

Additionally, alongside your re-parole, you can request a work permit (EAD). However, this request can only proceed after your re-parole approval. For those facing financial difficulties, Form I-912 (Request for Fee Waiver) is available when applying for an EAD, but remember, this waiver applies solely to the EAD’s state duty and not to the re-parole application fee.

Individual Case Consideration

Each re-parole application will be evaluated on an individual basis. This ensures that the specific circumstances of each applicant are taken into account, making the process as fair and personalized as possible.

How the Law Office of Olena Manilich Can Assist

At the Law Office of Olena Manilich, we’re dedicated to providing comprehensive support to the Ukrainian community during these times. Here’s how we can help with your re-parole application:

  • Guidance on Application Timing: We’ll help you plan your application submission, ensuring it’s 60 days before your parole expires, aligning with the recommended timeline.
  • Assistance with Online and Mail Applications: Whether you prefer to submit your application online or by mail, our team can guide you through each step, ensuring your documents are correctly prepared and submitted.
  • Work Permit Application Support: After your re-parole approval, we can assist with your work permit application, including navigating the fee waiver process for those who qualify.
  • Personalized Legal Advice: Recognizing that each case is unique, we offer tailored legal advice to meet your specific needs, ensuring the best possible outcome for your re-parole application.

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The journey through re-parole can be complex, but with the right preparation and support, it’s a path you can navigate successfully. The Law Office of Olena Manilich is here to support you every step of the way. From personalized consultations to detailed assistance with your application, our goal is to provide the help you need to secure your stay in the U.S. Contact us to learn more about our services and how we can assist you with your re-parole and work permit applications.